Roy Dale Martin, 65, of Benton, Ark., went peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday (Oct. 29, 2017) at Benton, Ark.
He was born Oct. 31, 1951, in Benton, Ark., at the family home on Martin Street, to Roy Matthew and Myrtice Loretta Harvey Martin. The Sunday after his birth, he was taken to First Baptist Church of Benton, where he was enrolled in the cradle roll of the church. For the next 12 years, his mother made sure he didn’t miss a Sunday school.
Dale graduated from Benton High School in 1969, and from Ouachita Baptist University in May 1974. He received his graduate degree from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1978, and did work toward his doctorate in counselor education from Mississippi State University. In 1980, he accepted the dean of student development at Texas Lutheran College (now university). He also served as dean of students at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, and later retired as dean of student development at Eureka College in 2000. In his some 20 years as dean, R. Dale Martin coordinated the awarding of hundreds of scholarships for deserving students.
Dale’s death comes after a long battle with Crohn’s disease and advanced kidney disease for much of his adult life.
Dale is survived by two sons, Brandon Matthew Isaac (Jenny) Martin, Hudson, and Christopher Andrew (Haley) Martin, Dubuque, Iowa; two stepchildren, Lisa (Brian) Fritz, Warrenville, and Robbie (Miranda) Axsom, Washington; brother, Fred (Doni) Martin, Corning, Ark.; sisters, Shirlene (Russell) and Shelia (Warren) Jackson, both of Benton, Ark.; and a number of nieces and nephews who were an important part of his life, Mark, Eric and Ken Chilton, Benton; Renee James, Benton; Rich Martin, Corning; Mylea Martin White, Corning; Corley Martin, Jonesboro, Ark.; Connie Neal and Shannon Jackson, Alexander, Ark. Also surviving were his many beloved grandchildren and Buddy, his constant companion and prized black Lab.
Visitation and chapel service were Wednesday at Ashby Funeral Home, Benton, Ark. Burial was at Lee Cemetery, Benton, Ark., beside his mother and father, a fourth-generation burial site.
Guestbook is at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.